The Bears are still on the road. They left Cherepovets, where they kept a point away from Severstal, and travelled to Moscow, where they will go head-to-head with CSKA for the second time this season.
''We're aware of the situation we're in and what the standings are and that we need to win three points three points in every game left in the regular season. Unfortunately we only secured one point in the first road game. We were disappointed with how that turned out, but at the same time we don't plan on giving up without a fight. As long as there the tiniest bit of hope, we're going to fight to end the season with dignity'', said Andrew Hutchinson about being in 13th place in the Western Conference and being 11 points behind Torpedo and that playoff-bound 8th place.
The challenge ahead of the Bears in the Ice Palace against CSKA (today, 5PM), who are the league's top team with only nine losses and 129 points and are on a six-game winning streak, will be excruciatingly difficult.
''We have to play this game above our abilities. If we play less than that, we're going to have a problem. We're not fooling ourselves to thinking that these points will be easy. We all know who CSKA is. On the other end of the ice will be a Russian machine, an incredible team without flaws. They're not the best team in the league for no reason, that didn't happen by accident. All we have left is to leave our hearts on the ice, that each one of us gives his last atom of strength to the team and that we try to surprise CSKA's players in some way. Maybe it's a good thing they have six consecutive wins because a streak can't last foreve, it has to stop somewhere. It would be nice if we were the team that stops them'', said Hutchinson.